Fair Trade in Europe    European Fair Trade Fair1st, 2nd and 3rd February, 2008,      Lyon / Villeurbanne            FRANC...
The first European Fair Trade Fair : a successful bet!              175 stands – exhibitors from 10 European countries and...
175 exhibitors from 20 different countries (10 European countries and10 Southern countries): Grouped into different areas,...
Visitors:  On the whole, 6,000 visitors attended Fair Trade in Europe : 1,200 professional and 4,800 general publicvisitor...
A high-standard programme:  25 round tables and conferences were held during the fair, with separate themes for profession...
Activities for visitors of any age:Among the most successful activities:      •      On the stands:  -       chocolate pro...
• Films  A few short films were shown during the fair, like “Petites Révolutions près de chez vous – small  revolutions in...
The Fairs Trophies Two trophies were awarded during the fair :  1. Trophy of Professional Commitment to Fair Trade  Organi...
European communication:  European press partnerships:  La Libre Belgique (Belgium) ; Libération (France) ; Die TAZ (German...
A strong commitment Volunteers’ indispensable support  If the atmosphere was so convivial, it was also thanks to the 120 v...
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  1. 1. Fair Trade in Europe European Fair Trade Fair1st, 2nd and 3rd February, 2008, Lyon / Villeurbanne FRANCE ASSESSMENTEquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 1
  2. 2. The first European Fair Trade Fair : a successful bet! 175 stands – exhibitors from 10 European countries and 10 Southern countries a fair aimed at both professionals and consumers, with a high-standard attendance presentation of different types of Fair Trade systems, a varied offer active participation of major European Fair Trade networks 25 round tables, conferences and workshops featuring a hundred skilled speakers a dynamic and positive presentation of what Fair Trade is today! The first European Fair Trade Fair was a success! The European dimension has proved to berelevant, and the fair’s atmosphere will be remembered … Most of the participants – exhibitors, visitors, partners – gave excellent feedback on this event. Thesatisfaction survey realised during the fair shows that on average, 90% of exhibitors and visitors aresatisfied with the atmosphere, the organisation, the quality of the participants. Fair Trade in Europehas fostered many exchanges and innovative contacts... 95% of the exhibitors asserted they wouldlike to come back in France for a second edition, 67% if it took place in another European country.Stakeholders who could not take part in the first edition are also waiting for a second fair to be held. Besides, feedback will also allow to improve several points. The second edition will enhance thepanel of targeted visitors, welcome more exhibitors and take place in a bigger and friendlier place. Stay informed via the fair’s newsletter: Subscribe on www.european-fairtrade-fair.org ! EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 2
  3. 3. 175 exhibitors from 20 different countries (10 European countries and10 Southern countries): Grouped into different areas, various types of exhibitors could be found on the fair : - producers, importers, wholesalers, distributors of Fair Trade products – an offer for consumers and an offer for professionals (food, textile, handicrafts, cosmetics) - committed local authorities; - stakeholders of in Fair tourism and education, non-governmental organisations in favour of Fair Trade and the respect of human rights The fair’s catalogue can be obtained by contacting Equi’Sol (contact@salon-europeen-commerce-equitable.org). EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 3
  4. 4. Visitors: On the whole, 6,000 visitors attended Fair Trade in Europe : 1,200 professional and 4,800 general publicvisitors, a rather satisfying attendance for a first edition. Among the professional visitors, there were corporate and public purchasing officers, delegates from thecatering sector, elected representatives, members of NGOs, teachers, newcomers, and of course buyersand sellers coming from the Fair Trade sector. According to the satisfaction survey, 90% of professional visitors polled during the fair would come back inFrance for a 2nd edition, 54% if it is held in another European Country. Distinguished visitors and speakers • Mr Jérôme Faure, the French Inter-ministerial Delegate for Innovation, Social Experimentation and Social Economy • Mr Jean Philippe Bayon, Vice-Chairman of the Rhône-Alpes Region • Mrs Guylaine Gouzou-Testud, deputy mayor of the City of Lyon and representative of the Social Economy Sector • • Mr Frithjof Schmidt, European Member of Parliament • Mr Gareth Steel, Member of the European Commission • … EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 4
  5. 5. A high-standard programme: 25 round tables and conferences were held during the fair, with separate themes for professional andgeneral visitors. The programme focused on three main issues: - the impact of Fair Trade on Southern countries - fair public procurement - Fair Trade cotton Among the other questions which were addressed : Fair Trade and sea transport, fair tourism, alternativedistribution networks, fair music, solidarity finance, workshops for new professional stakeholders…A summary of the exchanges will be available on the fair’s Website from the end of June.Round table on fair public procurement, Friday 1st February, 2008. Round table on regulations, Saturday, 2nd February, 2008. EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 5
  6. 6. Activities for visitors of any age:Among the most successful activities: • On the stands: - chocolate processing - vote on T-shirts’ designs - chocolate tasting - traditional weaving Chocolate processing - Equoland • A "games & education" forumand a free booklet for kids to make them discover Fair Trade • The Ethiket’BusThis double-decker bus coming from South-Western France caused a stir. It can convert either into a shopor into an original education and experimentation vehicle aimed at teaching how to read tags. Severalschool classes could enjoy activities on tag reading, Fair Trade and responsible consumption. EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 6
  7. 7. • Films A few short films were shown during the fair, like “Petites Révolutions près de chez vous – small revolutions in your backyard” (Les Filmentropes), or “Global Journey – the Fair Trade Caravan” (IFAT). • Concert: The fair was very pleased to welcome Kerkennah (an oriental jazz group), the Big Band de Fontaine, as well as DJ Green Lake for friendly and relaxed evenings. • Show-rooms: Two show-rooms were placed at the centre of the fair. Artistic displays showed the exhibitors’ mostinnovative products. • Convivial and tasty catering : The oriental tearoom was a real success and witnessed many meetings and exchanges. Two cateringstands, Kouleur Kafé and Solines, offered flavoured meals from all over the world, while in the Briton area,people could eat oysters and drink local beer. EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 7
  8. 8. The Fairs Trophies Two trophies were awarded during the fair : 1. Trophy of Professional Commitment to Fair Trade Organised by Signaléthique, in partnership with Equi’Sol and Développement Durable Le Journal, thisprize was awarded to three participants: - local authorities category: the prizewinner is the City of Lyon - works councils category: the prizewinner is Rosi (France Telecom) - companies category: the prizewinner is Apicil These prizes were awarded upon the arrival of Mr Jérôme Faure, the French Inter-ministerial Delegate forInnovation, Social Experimentation and Social Economy. 2. Innovation Trophy Directly organised by the Fair, this prize was awarded to two of its exhibitors: - product category: the prizewinner is Agrofair, for the development of its fresh tropical Fair Trade fruit supply chain - project category: the prizewinner is the Belgian NGO Miel Maya Honing, for its project on Fair Trade education (www.fairkids.org) Agrofair Stand EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 8
  9. 9. European communication: European press partnerships: La Libre Belgique (Belgium) ; Libération (France) ; Die TAZ (Germany) ; Alternatives Economiques (France) ; Interdépendances (France) ; Altermondes (France) Posters and flyers disseminated by relays in Europe Important Internet referencing: - 35,000 connections to www.salon-europeen-commerce-equitable.org and www.european-fairtrade- fair.org during the month of January 2008! - referencing on more than 200 Websites - a bilingual Newsletter (French – English); issues are available for consultation on the fair’s Website Good media coverage for a first edition: • Advertisement and articles in Le Monde, Alternatives Economiques, La Libre Belgique, Die TAZ, Libération, Le Progrès, Lyon Citoyen, Lyon Plus, Avenir Lyon, Interdépendances, Elle, Néorestauration, Point de Vente, … • Interviews and radio advertisements on France Bleu, Le Mouv’ (Radio France), RFM, RCF; Rhône- Alpes’ Citizens’ Media were present during the whole fair • TV: Advertisement on Direct 8, reports on Euronews, France 3 Régional, TLM • Visit of 25 journalists representing: Der Spiegel, Agence France Presse, FR3, Euronews, Le Nouveau Consommateur…A European partnership Fair Trade in Europe was carried out at the initiative of Equi’Sol, a French association promoting all reliableFair Trade systems. The project was steered by a European committee. Please visit the fair’s Website(www.european-fairtrade-fair.org) for details concerning these partners. EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 9
  10. 10. A strong commitment Volunteers’ indispensable support If the atmosphere was so convivial, it was also thanks to the 120 volunteers who were mobilised for thisfair. “The little helpers in green”, identifiable by their T-shirts - provided by the company Laspid - worked for 5days for this fair to be held in a peaceful and pleasant way. They helped to install stands, looked after thecourse of conferences and activities, provided information and answered questions and requests… Amongthem, there were students (like the volunteers of Ecole 3A or Crémieu’s agricultural high-school) as well asmore experienced activists (like those from Artisans du Monde). Many of them were very interested in thisfair, and are willing to keep contact with Fair Trade movements in Europe. The fair was also carried out thanks to four very involved trainees (one of them coming from Germany),about thirty voluntary translators, about twenty people for accommodation, etc. Professionals have also supported the fair, such as Cécile Vésin and Didier Gentilhomme (photographs),Mado (graphic design), Zapilou (Web and Internet specialists), Alias (printing), etc… An effort in eco-conception: The organisers want to be in line with a coherent global approach. During the 2008 edition, the tablewarewas made of ecological material, waste sorting was proposed. We hope that in the future, we will be able todevelop this aspect of environment protection, energy saving and recycling. Evaluation A satisfaction survey was carried out by students (Technical Institute for Management of Societies andAdministrations). Results are available; please contact Equi’Sol if you are interested.(Survey: approx. 70 exhibitors, 100 professional visitors and 300 general visitors were polled) Keep up with the development of this project on the Website www.european-fairtrade.fair.org And do not hesitate to let us know if you are also willing to take part into this movement! EquiSol – 13 rue de lAbbé Vincent – 38600 Fontaine – France www.equisol.org 10

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